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Why is Heracles named after Hera if she hated him so much?

Diodorus Siculus tells us that Heracles was originally named Alcaeus and was renamed Heracles1 after he gained glory with Hera's aid: μετὰ δὲ ταῦτα ἡ μὲν Ἥρα δύο δράκοντας ἀπέστειλε τοὺς ἀναλώσοντας ...
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Where was Hera called "cow-faced"?

This is a reference to the greek word βο-ῶπις or bo-opis, which is translated in different places as one of: ox-eyed cow-eyed cow-faced Homer uses it throughout his works; it is one of his Homeric ...
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Are there any accounts of how Hera, Demeter, and/or Hestia conducted themselves in combat?

Hera Of the three sisters Hera is the only one regarding whom I have found mention of her direct involvement in a narrated fight scene. Dionysos' War in India In Book 36 of Nonnus' Dionysiaca,1 the ...
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What does Tiresias's answer to the gods mean?

This is from Appolodorus 3.6.7. It does not refer to specific parts or phases of intercourse. You should read the numbers as percentages, as the translation indicates: Hence, when Hera and Zeus ...
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Why is Heracles named after Hera if she hated him so much?

The reason that his mother 'Alcmene' named him as such, was to mock Hera's failed attempts at preventing her from delivering her child into the world. She required assistance to escape the Hera's ...
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Why is Hera queen of the gods?

Without touching on the issues attendant to the idea of someone asking a question with 'the answer' already in mind, let alone trying to suss whatever that might be out, I'm going to answer as ...
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What power does Hera have over Zeus?

She's a daughter of Zeus in her own right, and so has some power on his footing. However, I wouldn't say Zeus is a hen-pecked husband. In the Iliad (560-569), Zeus states unequivocally that he is the ...
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In what ancient source, if any, does the infant Hermes disguise himself as Ares?

The lost poem Hermes by Eratosthenes seems to be the source for the myth of Hera suckling Hermes. In his paper Theodulus' Ecloga and Mythographus Vaticanus 1, Winfried Bühler, referring to this ...
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Why doesn't Hera divorce Zeus and marry someone more faithful?

Zeus is more powerful than Hera and all the other gods. In fact, he is even stronger than all of them put together, if we take his word for it (Iliad 8.19-27). This is what Zeus says to Hera after he ...
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Did Hera know that Perseus was Zeus's son?

Yes, she did know. Perseus Targeted There is no ancient source (that I know of) in which Hera seeks to harass Perseus or his mother Danae. There is, however, a mediaeval Latin text called the First ...
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In what ancient source, if any, does the infant Hermes disguise himself as Ares?

This is attested by Nonnos in the 5th Century CE “Maia was not quite like Semele; for her son, crafty, armed himself like Ares, and looking like him, deluded Hera until he sucked the milk of her ...
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Why did Hera have so many sacred things?

The problem is that you can't look at a God as an equivalent of a person with a distinct and very limited identity. The gods we more fluid in how they were represented and worshipped and during the ...
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What is the story of the Rape of Hera?

Porphyrion, the "greatest of the Giants" according to Apollodorus, attempted to rape Hera during the Gigantomachy: But in the battle Porphyrion attacked Hercules and Hera. Nevertheless Zeus ...
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What are Hera's favorite cities?

First result in a quick Google search brings Ancient History Encyclopedia article on Hera: In the Iliad, Hera mentions three cities particularly dear to her - Argos, Sparta, and Mycenae (or ...
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Why did Hera tell Dryope to kidnap Hylas?

Hylas was beloved by Hercules, which is likely reason enough for Hera to have him kidnapped. https://wikivisually.com/wiki/Hylas
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